20 Oct 2015
The two-day training “Women’s Political Participation in Syria” organized by the Syrian Feminist Lobby SFL in partnership with Euromed Feminist Initiative took place on the 18th - 19th of October 2015 in Istanbul. The training took place in the frame of the program “Towards a Democratic Transition in Syria by Building an Inclusive Constitution Process” funded by Sweden. Seventeen members from the Syrian Feminist Lobby participated.
Dr Souhir Fourati, a professor at the Faculty of Law in Sfax University, Tunisia delivered the training. It provided a space for an interactive discussion on women's political participation and its relation to democracy and citizenship. The participants discussed the challenges and obstacles facing women in that regard and how to over-come them. The trainer reflected on lessons learned from the Tunisian feminist movements’ experiences and debated principles and procedures to protect women’s rights and equal participation from the early stages of political and civil activism, reaching up to the constitutional and legislative level.
During this event the role of civil society in promoting women's participation in political life was discussed as an alternative means to politics and comparative experiences where presented with emphases on the Tunisian case. The training also stressed that Syrian organizations should adapt their strategies based on the needs of Syrian society and realities.
At the end of the training the participants prepared a year-long action plan to extend the network of the lobby and gather more organizations and women's groups to support them in carrying out their actions.